This toolkit is designed to help child welfare practitioners, advocates and policymakers effectively implement SFA’s normalcy provisions, a section of the law that aims to provide a much-needed boost to improving overall well-being for young people in foster care by giving youth and their foster parents greater authority to make decisions and build critical relationships. The toolkit — which is a guide for comprehensive implementation that supports jurisdictions in eliminating barriers to achieving this outcome — includes the following components:
- A summary of the basic legal requirements;
- A set of 13 recommendations for achieving effective implementation;
- Policy examples, including existing law, regulation and policy guidance, as well as proposed policy language.
- An appendix that includes excerpts of model policies.